The Cowboy in Country Music: Lynn Anderson

Before her songs were heard on the radio, Lynn Anderson was seen riding horses in rodeo arenas. And even when she was on top in the world of country music, her songs heard all over the radio, she was still in love with horses and riding in horse shows.

Lynn Rene Anderson is the granddaughter of Norwegian and Swedish immigrants who came to the United States to help build the Great Northern Railroad. She was born September 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Casey and Liz Anderson. In North Dakota, Lynn’s grandparents founded a “saddle club” and Lynn says, “I could ride before I could walk—at least that’s what they tell me.”

Laddie and Vego were the names of her grandparent’s horses, and she remembers taking them on sleigh rides and skiing behind them. When she was a young girl, the Andersons moved to San Jose, California, where it was warmer. Casey, Liz and Lynn lived in a subdivision. Lynn begged her parents to move to a ranch, so they bought a “ranch” that was two acres in Sacramento.

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